30 Miles To Go!

Prince Harry Speaks of 'Incredibly High' Spirits With Teams 45KM From South Pole

The race was abandonned in favour of a team effort, but the end is now in sight

12.11.13 2:52 PM ET

The end is almost in sight for the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge teams, and we now have a voice blog from Prince Harry himself (which we will be posting as soon as its available).

Here's what he says:

“We are 3 and a half days from the South Pole. I think it is going to come all pretty quickly to us. We’ve been out here now for about 3 and half weeks.

"Everyone is in really high spirits. The race obviously got cancelled a couple of days ago – a really good thing that has happened. It is nice to see everybody intermingling with each other, not only every night because we camp together but also during the day. People are starting to enjoy it and it gives these guys a good chance to consider how they feel, to think about friends at home, to think about fellow friends who are also injured. […]

"I think it is a really, really good thing that the guys have more time on their hands to think about stuff like that, rather than just ‘grit and grind’ and trying to push through the pain barrier as they race each other.

"As I said, we are 3 and a half days away, everybody can’t wait and really excited. Spirits are incredibly high. The weather is still holding off, which is really nice – it it’s about -35ºC now and 24-hour sunlight, which is nice in these tents to keep us warm at night. […]

"Everyone just can’t wait to get to the end. I think mixed emotions probably, I think some people, for instance Duncan, double amputee,  simply doesn’t find walking to the South Pole a big enough challenge, which is why he really enjoyed the race. I think everyone back home will appreciate the fact that, just being able to walk 100km in these conditions with no legs is a pretty amazing feat in itself.  […]

"All is well and everyone is happy. “